The Norwegian Elkhound is generally a healthy dog. Maintaining his health usually depends on an annual visit to the veterinarian for a routine check-up, vaccinations and examination for internal parasites. All dogs, regardless of breed, should follow a heartworm preventative program as directed by their veterinarian. Health maintenance also requires a well balanced diet, a plentiful supply of fresh water and adequate exercise. Many excellent dog foods are commercially available. The elkhound enjoys being outdoors and thrives on daily walks and play.

Spending a few minutes every day on the health and well-being of your dog will result in a healthier, happier and more desirable canine companion. There are several methods for dealing with the elkhound's shedding periods. Daily grooming is especially important to speed removal of the old coat and encourage new growth. A warm bath can also act to facilitate the transition between old and new coats. One of the advantages of the Norwegian Elkhound is the lack of a pronounced 'doggy' odor.

Even though the elkhound originated in a northern climate, it adjusts easily to warmer climates when provided with ample shade, water and air conditioning. The dual coat acts as insulation against both heat and cold.

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